Emergency responders: your mental health in the pandemic
Dealing with difficult situations is part of emergency responders' jobs, but the pandemic has made it particularly challenging. This page outlines the issues, with ideas for coping and links to further help.
In the emergency services, dealing with difficult situations has always been part of your job. But the COVID-19 pandemic has, in many cases, made working in the ambulance, police and fire services particularly traumatic.
This page from Mind talks about many of the feelings and experiences shared by emergency responders during the pandemic, including
- trauma and ,
- feeling overwhelmed, and
- feeling that you don’t deserve support yourself.
It then has a range of simple, practical tips to make things a little easier. They include:
- mindfulness tips, and doing a ‘body scan’ after work,
- taking care of your physical health,
- dealing with news and social media, and
- seeking support and asking for help.
You’ll also find a range of links to other resources and sources of help, including many of those that are here on Mental Health at Work.